Interview with Paul Travill, Academic Registrar, University of Wolverhampton
Role: Chair of Committee overseeing project and at institutional level have been working with a couple of institutions that are part of the programme.
What has been the biggest benefit of running the Programme to either your organisation or the sector as a whole?
I think probably the biggest benefit is the sharing of information across institutions and institutions actually starting to work together to try to solve a common problem and that has really taken off in the last year/18 months. I think it’s been a really big development.
Seeing some of the ways that some of the institutions have tackled the problem and some of the benefits that they’ve got out of the project has been amazing and some of the posters and the displays and presentations are really amazing work that’s been going on.
Do you have any particular questions that you’d like answered by the Programme in order to inform future developments?
I’d like to see the commitment of other organisations rather than just the universities and colleges who have really signed up to this now. I’d really like to see UCAS, the SLC and other national, the UK Border Agency, really starting to grasp this as being the standard and working with us instead of developing their own projects.
Any other thoughts on the importance of the programme for the sector?
I think the sector was slow to understand the benefits of the project but now that people have started to work on it the important this is that as the funding comes to an end that we don’t lose the momentum and it’s going to be vital that institutions work together to carry on with the good work, sharing of ideas because through that sharing we can really develop a much better understanding of how we can pass data between each other, how we use it internally in our own institutions, and to other organisations, that has to be of benefit not just to applicants and students but also to the cost benefits of the institutions.
Where do you see things going in the future?
Well, we have just got to carry on with this agenda of better information, streamlining process and having information in the standard format and that’s going to be vital to us otherwise we’re all going to be spending lots and lots of money on sort of similar solutions. We’ve just got to share ideas and be willing to share ideas.
Is there anything else you’d like to add about work that needs to be continued to take it forward?
I think I’d just reiterate. I think it’s now up to the external organisations really to grasp what the institutions have done, identify the willingness that we have the expertise and have been able to crack this problem about common data sharing and start to work with us rather than imposing their own solutions.